SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Chief of Police James Parker was reappointed and sworn in for a second 3 year term as the South Plainfield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator at the July 9th Council Meeting. Mayor Matthew Anesh also swore in Deputy OEM Coordinators Captain Charles Siedenburg, Captain Matthew Koep and Lieutenant Wendell Born.
“Hopefully, this borough will never be in need of true emergency services, but you do a fabulous job and I think you’ve added a professional touch to this,” said Anesh after each member of Council was given the opportunity to congratulate the officers. “Thank you and we look forward to your service over the next few years.”
As OEM Coordinator, Parker is responsible for coordinating Emergency Management Programs for South Plainfield so the municipality is fully prepared in the event of emergencies such as natural disasters, attacks from outside parties and extensive technical malfunctions. The OEM Coordinator is also responsible for addressing catastrophic emergencies as they occur and restoring the town to normalcy afterwards.
“Mayor Anesh reappointed a great leader, Chief James Parker, to another 3 year term as Emergency Management Coordinator,” said Council President Robert Bengivenga, Jr. “Thank you, Chief and your team, for always keeping us safe during emergencies. Keep up the good work.”
Parker was first appointed to the position of OEM Coordinator by Anesh in 2015, replacing former OEM Coordinator Mike Zushma, who had held the position since 1988 when he was appointed by Mayor Daniel Gallagher. During his tenure, Zushma ensured the safety of South Plainfield through hurricanes Sandy and Irene, as well as many other emergencies that impacted South Plainfield over the years. According to Anesh, Parker’s experience as a police officer enables him to be an effective OEM Coordinator and continue to keep the community safe.
“South Plainfield is my home,” said Parker. “And the residents are my friends and neighbors. I am grateful for the position of OEM Coordinator. My team and I will continue to do our best to protect our town by making sure that we are prepared for any emergency.”